Welcome to Ian Harrison's web site!


Ian Harrison from Newcastle upon Tyne had his Northumbrian Bagpipe in his luggage when he left England to study cornett, shawm and historical performance practise at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Combining traditional techniques, baroque virtuosity and an enormous knowledge of mediaeval music sources he has developed a new style, 'set new standards', and become Europe's leading improviser on shawm, bagpipes and cornett - mediaeval and renaissance wind instruments. The international press has named him 'the Miles Davis of Early Music'. He is director of Les haulz et les bas, 'the best mediaeval wind band since the middle ages'.

His original, improvisational and virtuosic music has earned him prizes at the Bruges Early Music Festival, the Rencontres des Maitres Sonneurs, St. Chartier and the German Pop and Rock Awards.

Read on and listen to his music.